An orphan girl, sent to an elderly brother and sister by mistake, charms her new home and community with her fiery spirit and imagination.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Anne Shirley (2 episodes, 1985)
 Marilla Cuthbert (2 episodes, 1985)
 Matthew Cuthbert (2 episodes, 1985)
Patricia Hamilton ...
 Rachel Lynde (2 episodes, 1985)
 Miss Muriel Stacy (2 episodes, 1985)
Schuyler Grant ...
 Diana Barry (2 episodes, 1985)
 Gilbert Blythe (2 episodes, 1985)
Charmion King ...
 Aunt Josephine (2 episodes, 1985)
 Mrs. Amelia Evans (2 episodes, 1985)
Rosemary Radcliffe ...
 Mrs. Elizabeth Barry (2 episodes, 1985)
 John Sadler (2 episodes, 1985)
 Mrs. Allan (2 episodes, 1985)
 Rev. Allan (2 episodes, 1985)
Paul Brown ...
 Mr. Phillips (2 episodes, 1985)
 Josie Pye (2 episodes, 1985)
Trish Nettleton ...
 Jane Andrews (2 episodes, 1985)
Jennifer Inch ...
 Ruby Gillis (2 episodes, 1985)
 Mrs. Hammond (2 episodes, 1985)
Dawn Greenhalgh ...
 Mrs. Cadbury (2 episodes, 1985)
Jack Mather ...
 Station Master (2 episodes, 1985)
Vivian Reis ...
 Mrs. Spencer (2 episodes, 1985)
Samantha Langevin ...
 Mrs. Blewett (2 episodes, 1985)
Mag Ruffman ...
 Alice Lawson (2 episodes, 1985)
Sean McCann ...
 Dr. O'Reilly (2 episodes, 1985)
Roxolana Roslak ...
 Madame Selitsky (2 episodes, 1985)
Robert Haley ...
 Professor (2 episodes, 1985)
 Mr. Barry (2 episodes, 1985)
Morgan Chapman ...
 Minnie May Barry (2 episodes, 1985)
David Roberts ...
 Tom (2 episodes, 1985)
Nancy Beatty ...
 Essie (2 episodes, 1985)
David Hughes ...
 Thomas Lynde (2 episodes, 1985)
 Prissy Andrews (2 episodes, 1985)
 Moody Spurgeon (2 episodes, 1985)
 Punch Woman (2 episodes, 1985)
Rex Southgate ...
 Section Head (2 episodes, 1985)
Juliana Saxton ...
 Pink Woman (2 episodes, 1985)
Molly Thom ...
 Lace Woman (2 episodes, 1985)
 Student (2 episodes, 1985)
Sandra Scott ...
 Mrs. Harrington (2 episodes, 1985)
 Porter (2 episodes, 1985)
Ray Ireland ...
 Mr. Hammond (2 episodes, 1985)
Martha Maloney ...
 Fairview Nurse (2 episodes, 1985)
Stuart Hamilton ...
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At the turn of the century on Prince Edward Island, Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla decide to take on an orphan boy as help for their farm. But they get an unexpected jolt when they're mistakenly sent a girl instead: Anne Shirley. Anne's a dreamer with an unusual point of view, far removed from Marilla's pragmatic ways, and it's only on trial that Marilla agrees to keep Anne...if Anne can keep out of trouble, only Anne has a positive genius for it. As Anne falls into a series of scrapes (and off a roof), makes a bosom friend, searches (and finds) several kindred spirits, Matthew and Marilla discover that their lives have become a great deal richer, now that Anne is at Green Gables. Written by Kathy Li

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Release Date:

17 February 1986 (USA)  »

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Anne auf Green Gables  »

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Did You Know?


The scene in the kitchen in which Anne tells Marilla she will apologize to Mrs. Lynde was shot with a body double for Richard Farnsworth as his schedule could not permit him to be there. All close-up shots were filmed later. See more »


During multiple scenes with Matthew in them there are shots taken from different angles around him showing us that it is a double playing the character instead of the actor Richard Farnsworth. Examples of this are when Matthew first goes to pick up Anne from the station, when he is taking her to Green Gables in the buggy, when Anne gets wet in the lake, is rescued by Gilbert, and then when Matthew puts his coat around her. See more »


Marilla Cuthbert: I'm afraid for her, Matthew. She'll be gone so long. She'll get terrible lonesome.
Matthew Cuthbert: You mean, we'll get terrible lonesome.
Marilla Cuthbert: I can't help wishing that she'd stayed a little girl.
Matthew Cuthbert: Mrs. Spencer made a lucky mistake, I guess.
Marilla Cuthbert: It wasn't luck; it was Providence. He knew we needed her.
Matthew Cuthbert: Even with her queer little ways.
Marilla Cuthbert: I loved her for them.
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Referenced in Avonlea: Old Quarrels, Old Love (1991) See more »


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1 November 2004 | by (Mos Eisley, Tattoine) – See all my reviews

This movie is such a wonderful piece of art!!! It truly follows all that L. M. Montgomery imagined!!!

I definitely recommend its sequels, starring the same cast!!

The romance between Anne and Gilbert is enchanting, the scenery is beautiful, Anne and Diana's friendship is overwhelming, and Marilla, Matthew, and Rachel Lynde will all become dear to your heart.

If you love the movie, you will love the books!!! I know that I did, and I feel as if Green Gables and all of Anne, Diana, and Gilbert's "haunts" (aka Lover's Lane, Dryad's Bubble, the Lake of Shining Waters, the Haunted Wood) are a part of me, as well as Avonlea and everywhere else Anne goes.

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